With filmmaker Ron Howard replacing directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller at the helm of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” during production, one of the biggest casting changes to take place was that of “The Wire” and “Hap and Leonard” star Michael K. Williams being replaced by Paul Bettany.
Williams appeared on Sirius XM’s Jim and Sam show on Tuesday (see the video below) and talked about his character of Dryden Vos, one described as “half mountain lion, half human,”. He revealed his main purpose in the film was to disrupt the dynamic between Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) and Qi’Ra (Emilia Clarke):
“He was extremely sophisticated. Very rich. He’d been around the world, older guy, and it was sort of a love triangle between Emilia Clarke’s character, Qi’Ra and the young Han Solo. Not where it was overtly a love triangle but there was definitely a pissing contest going on for the girl’s attention.
And [Vos] is old and [Han] is younger so it was that thing also going on, like ‘Young buck, I’ve been around the world.’ But he’s like ‘The young chick wants the young buck.’ So there was a little bit of that energy going on. But the relationship on paper was definitely with Qi’Ra and Han Solo.”
When Bettany replaced Williams for the reshoots due to scheduling conflicts, it wasn’t clear if it was a pure recasting or a whole new role. As for the overall behind-the-scenes kerfuffle, Williams says: “I’ve seen a lot of crazy s–t, but [what happened with Solo] was one for the textbooks.”